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Consultant Connect Announces North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2024


Gabriella (Gabby) Nuzzo, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Jackson Alliance, was  recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect. Consultant Connect is an international site location consultant coordination firm that serves more than 230 national and international economic development clients. Gabby was recognized as a top economic developer for her leadership and the work she’s doing to promote business retention and growth in the greater Jackson region.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announces its 2024 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development and site location consulting industries for excellent practices, innovation, and success in building the communities they serve.

Beginning June 3rd, we'll be shining a spotlight on each of the Top 50 Economic Developers across our selected social media platforms, LinkedIn and Twitter. These individuals will have the chance to provide their industry expertise, leadership insights, and career advice to their peers. At Consultant Connect, we're dedicated to elevating the economic development sector by honoring outstanding professionals like these. On November 21th we'll be presenting the awards to these deserving recipients at our ECONOMIX event in Salt Lake City, UT.

“At Consultant Connect, we see economic development as more than just changing communities—it's about creating jobs that touch lives. It's an honor for us to spotlight North America's top economic developers and the impact they make on the communities they serve."

The complete list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2024 includes:

Andrea Enders- REDI Cincinnati
Ann Blair- Miller Roanoke Regional Partnership
Antoine Long- City of DeSoto, TX
Ashlee Chilton- Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, CEcD
Ashley Busada-Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
Becky Harrington- Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Benjamin Moore- Community Champion
Bert Roach, B.A., MEDP- Woodlands County to be complete by January 2026 and is expected to begin operating in the months to follow. 
Bethany Hartley- South Bend - Elkhart Regional Partnership
William Murphy, IOM, CEcD, EDFP- Ardmore Development Authority
Brian Vasa- Nebraska Public Power District
Callie Cook- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Cathleen Flournoy- Missouri Partnership
Clark Duncan- Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Clark- New York City Economic Development Corporation
David Putnam, CEcD, CWD- Alamance Chamber
Donna Gillespie- Kingston Economic Development Corporation
Dylan Horne- Metro Atlanta Chamber
Eric Icard- The Right Place
Erin Farr- Economic Development Corporation of Utah
Erin Silk, CEcD- Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Gabriella Nuzzo- Greater Jackson Alliance
Haley Tomlinson- Duke Energy Corporation
Heather C. Smith, EDFP, CPM- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Jennifer Lantz- Wilson Economic Development Council
Jose Romano- Economic Development Professional
Julie Carrier- Investissement Québec
Karthik Avadhanula- JobsOhio
Katie Grigar- Tulsa Regional Chamber
Keith Lund- Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation
Kim Wilmes- Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Kimberly Young- KC Animal Health Corridor
Kimberly Rossetti- BE NKY Growth Partnership
Kyle Wagner- City of Henderson
Louis David- New Orleans Business Alliance
Marc Valenzuela- Salt River Project
Marvin Price- Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
Mary Lesa Pegg- Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC)
Matthew McCollister- One Columbus
Michael Talley McKinney- Economic Development Corporation
Monique Claiborne- Greater Portland Inc
Moriah Williams- Wichita Falls Chamber
Peter Milano- Massachusetts Office of Business Development
Ray Farley- Alliance Pickens. South Carolina. USA
Russell Richardson- Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Ryan Smith  -City of Las Vegas
Stevie Phillips- Cooperative Energy
Tamika Jenkins, CEcD- Hinds County Economic Development Authority
Victoria Ross-Frost, CEcD- Indiana Municipal Power Agency
William (Skip) Scaggs- North Mississippi Industrial Development Association